Tuesday, August 13, 2019
A Statement on the Shootings in El Paso and Dayton
In the wake of the fatal shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Catholic Theological Union mourns the loss of the 29 innocent lives who were brutally extinguished due to racism and bigotry. We extend our prayers for healing to those wounded and offer our heartfelt condolences to all those who lost loved ones to these horrific acts of terror.
We call upon elected officials to immediately promote universal background checks for gun ownership and sensible gun laws that seek to halt the sale of assault rifles and large ammunition magazines.
Together with the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Franciscan Action Network, the NAACP, and many other responsible organizations, we urge all Americans to examine their conscience and to condemn the divisive and hate-filled rhetoric used by political leaders that has contributed to the demonization of immigrants and people of color, encouraging mentally unstable individuals to engage in these acts of inhumanity. We affirm that all people are made in the image and likeness of God, and as followers of Jesus Christ we acknowledge them as our cherished neighbors, our sisters and our brothers.
In January of 2020, Catholic Theological Union will convene a public panel on the Religious Response to Violence in the City of Chicago. Until then, we will continue to denounce injustice and call for legislation that would help put an end to gun violence in our nation.
Rev. Mark R. Francis, CSV
Catholic Theological Union